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Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner

A few days remain before his rematch against Hassan N’Dam, and Ryota Murata said that the biggest difference for him going into his second fight against the Cameroonian-French is his mentality.

“It’s completely different,” Murata (12-1, nine knockouts) said of his mindset, comparing what it was before his first N’Dam bout. “This time, I can go into the fight with a certain level of confidence.

“For the previous fight, it was my first fight against a world-class opponent in my career, so I was uncertain how well I could do. But now I believe in myself and that’s huge mentally.”

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In his first world title shot in May, Murata fell to N’Dam (36-2, 21 KOs) in a controversial split decision taking his first pro loss when they competed for the then-vacant WBA middleweight title in Tokyo.

The 31-year-old said that his training has gone well and if he keeps it up, he’ll be able to have a good performance against N’Dam on Oct. 22 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

But Murata, the 2012 London Olympic middleweight gold medalist, and his Teiken Gym staff are not taking N’Dam lightly, because he could be as prepared as the Japanese boxer when the two square off.

“We don’t know how N’Dam would come (against Murata),” Murata’s main trainer Sendai Tanaka said. “But no matter how he comes, Mura will have to be prepared and it’ll be important for him to win it in a clear way this time.”

Teiken invited two sparring partners from overseas: Mexico’s Adrian Luna, who lost to Murata in 2014, and American Patrick Day. The pair was also brought to Japan before the first Murata-N’Dam bout as sparring partners.

According to Murata, the two men have different boxing styles; Luna can fight toe-to-toe, while Day uses his speed, both of which N’Dam can exhibit. So Murata said the two are ideal training opponents for Murata.

“N’Dam occasionally closes in, too,” said Murata, who’s now the No. 1 contender in the WBA middleweight division. “And I thought it’s important for me to fully swing my right even when he does it.”

Murata is also aware of his bad habit of holding his opponent to his left too long. He got hit with Luna’s overhand right a couple of times during their sparring session.

“That’s one of the moves I shouldn’t do,” the Nara native said. “If I extend my left for a long time, there’s more chance to get hit with a counter.”

Not surprisingly, Murata, also commented on next year's middleweight rematch between champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“I’ve got to focus on my own fight first,” Murata said. “But the winner of the Golovkin-Alvarez fight is going to be what I am ultimately shooting for.

“But I should not lose my fight talking about it too much. I have to win my next fight in a clear-cut way"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by J Dubber on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18144242][IMG]https://i.imgur.com/KoZGYfI.gif[/IMG] I'm sick to my stomach with all these robberies in the middleweight division! Murata, Jacobs, Canelo and how these low-level boxers/brawlers get so much preference over the technicians : first Hassan N’Dam robs Ryota Murata and then even the…

Comment by Mammoth on 10-18-2017

Fight Jacobs or Jermall instead

Comment by 1hourRun on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18144467]lololol how did murata get robbed by a nobody like ndam in his own country.[/QUOTE] I mean you tell me. All's I know is that judges Gustavo Padilla from Panama and Hubert Earle from Canada were suspended for six…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18144242][IMG]https://i.imgur.com/KoZGYfI.gif[/IMG] I'm sick to my stomach with all these robberies in the middleweight division! Murata, Jacobs, Canelo and how these low-level boxers/brawlers get so much preference over the technicians : first Hassan N’Dam robs Ryota Murata and then even the…

Comment by 1hourRun on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=sammybee;18144314]if Murata is unable to knockout Ndam, then he has no business thinking about GGG/Canelo winner.[/QUOTE] [img]https://i.imgur.com/pxX96My.gif[/img] lol N'Damn has never been KO! David Lepuke almost killed him and he kept fighting!

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